The WE LIP Settlement Partners Information Communication Exchange (SPICE) Committee has been meeting regularly since the winter of 2013. The meetings provide valuable opportunities for representatives from local Newcomer Service Providers and City of Windsor Employment and Social Services, and Housing and Children’s Services departments to exchange information, learn about each other’s operational models and problem solve challenges experienced while serving their mutual clients. The committee planned its sixth Professional Learning Circle (PLC) which took place on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
This professional development event provided an opportunity for front-line staff to meet virtually through Zoom, to share information and provide opportunities to seek clarification on specific topics that affect the successful settlement and integration of immigrants into WindsorEssex. Prior to the PLC, a survey was developed and disseminated to determine best practices during COVID-19. The responses from the survey were then summarized and a number of SPICE Committee members presented their best practices during the PLC. Additionally, information was shared through presentations on topics such as Immigration, Ontario Works and Housing; participants were provided an opportunity to submit related questions during the event through the available chat option.
We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.